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Dr. Ken Tudor Holistic Veterinarian

X-ray of dog abdomen is very useful in diagnosing the cause of diarrhea or vomiting

Holistic Dog Treatments 04 | Causes of Vomiting & Diarrhea in Dogs

Vomiting and diarrhea are protective symptoms that occur when the digestive tract is disturbed. Most dog owners immediately think of parvovirus or parasites or dietary indiscretion. Although there are many specific conditions the symptoms arise from only a few major sources:

  • Pancreas: Pancreatitis due to fatty food ingestion, inflammatory conditions near the pancreas or pancreatic cancer
  • Liver: Bacterial, viral, fungal, autoimmune or cancer of the liver or gall bladder or areas near the liver
  • Kidneys: Increased blood levels of urea due to kidney failure
  • Stomach or Intestines: Bacterial, viral, fungal, parasitic, autoimmune, inflammatory, foreign objects or cancer of the stomach and intestines or areas near these organs
  • Addison’s Disease: Insufficient production of hormones from the adrenal glands

Vomiting and diarrhea caused by the pancreas, liver, kidney and Addison’s disease are easily discovered by blood work. Problems with the stomach and intestines seldom, if ever, show up on blood work. Problems in the stomach and intestines need x-rays and sometimes ultrasound to identify them as the source of vomiting and diarrhea. That is why your vet will always recommend blood work and x-rays for your dog if it comes in for vomiting and or diarrhea. It quickly identifies the area of the body most likely responsible for the symptoms. This allows for more targeted treatment.  

Ken Tudor DVM
Dr. Ken Tudor, Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. He has developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. He is also a frequent guest on the Pet World Insider radio show and a popular guest on the televised Pet Ex Talks-Pet Experts Empowering Pet Parents show.

Holistic Dog Treatments 04 | Causes of Vomiting & Diarrhea in Dogs

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